Jeans. They're probably your favorite item of clothing. It seems like they go with everything from white and black, to florals, to red and camel.
Do you love denim? Are you wild about chambray? Then denim decorating may be for you! Sink into a soft washed denim sofa, and you'll feel right at home. Pair denim fabrics with soft florals, crisp checks, or buttery leathers, and you have a look that's bound to please everyone in the family.
Here are some ways to use denim decorating in your home:
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A sofa or chair covered in denim is a good place to start. It's classic, soft, and practically begs you to sit down and stay a while. Choose pre-washed fabrics for the softest feel. And keep your chair out of direct sunlight or you'll find it fading in all the wrong places.
Because denim is a plain fabric it takes well to dressing up with trims. Use fat cordings, weltings made from checked fabric, red pillow fringe, and white trims. Mix and match trims and welts on a grouping of pillows, and add some to the upholstery and curtains.
You can even put a denim look up on your walls. Ralph Lauren has the paints and techniques for chambray and denim-look walls. Try this in a powder room, for a boy's room with a cowboy theme, or for a girl who loves horses and riding.
Bedrooms are another room where denim feels right at home. Denim comforters and bedskirts, chambray sheets and curtains will surround you in denim heaven. Break up the all-blue look with another print that incorporates a blue denim color. Look for printed tone-on-tone denim fabrics too, in patterns such as paisley.
Use an old pair of jeans to make a cornice or valance for your windows, or cut out a square around the pockets and make it into a one-of-a-kind pillow.
You can dress denim up a bit with chintzy florals, or dress it down with pillows made from $1 bandanas. Try some paired with a wonderful leather sofa or next to a white cotton duck slipcovered piece.
Denim fits comfortably against walls of white, camel, and yellow. Keep furniture light -- in pine or painted wood, and on the casual side. Repeat denim blue colors in your window treatments, pictures, and accessories.
Be on the lookout for room touches that will play up your use of denim. You might try a suede fringe on your curtains, overall clips on your tie-backs, bandana print wallpaper, rustic wood accessories, and twig occasional furniture.
Iron and wood accessories look great with denim. Or go for a country cottage look with blue denim fabrics and all-white accessories.
Baskets and wood boxes also fit well with a denim scheme. Use natural wood tones or try painted styles in barn red or navy blue.
Denim for the table is also popular. Ralph Lauren makes denim dinnerware and other manufacturers have blue calico plates, denim florals, and light blue chambray colored pottery. Look for it to enhance your denim rooms.
Denim can be at home in any room, or all throughout your home. Use it as the basis for a wonderful, liveable color scheme and your guests may never want to leave.
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